By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Orrick Bearcats were within 34.5 seconds of recording their first victory of the 2012 season in last week’s 34-26 loss at Sweet Springs. Nathan Vogelsmeier’s 90-yard punt return in the closing moments Friday night pushed the Greyhounds past the Bearcats, but Orrick Coach Scott Finley said his team is moving on.
Finley said he was proud of his team’s effort last week.
“We just didn’t execute too well on our punt,” he said. “It’s not what we had in mind. We really didn’t mean to kick it to them, but that happens. It was a heck of a game and they fought really hard with the numbers being what they are – the guys were exhausted and they did not quit.”
Finley adds it has been a great week of practice and his Bearcats are now focused on their own Homecoming meeting with Lone Jack at Simmons Field. The Mules are 1-4 overall and 0-4 in the I-70 Conference following last Friday’s 41-0 loss at St. Paul.
The Mules’ offense has struggled throughout the first five weeks as they have put only two touchdowns on the board. The running game is averaging just over 80 yards each week, with Jake Hopper, a junior, leading the way with 284 yards on 75 attempts. Sophomore quarterback Nick Kirk also has 75 carries for 115 yards, in addition to completing 22 of 57 passes for 259 yards with three interceptions.